FAD? 40,000 YEARS OF BEADMAKING OR FARTS IN HEAD

FAD? 40,000 YEARS OF BEADMAKING OR FARTS IN HEAD

Post by Chris Englan » Fri, 02 Jan 1998 04:00:00



MIKE FIRTH WRITES "when the current fad for beads and making beads of
almost anything goes away.  It wasn't here a couple of years ago and it
will be gone in a couple of more."
From what I read humanoids have been making and wearing beads for near
40,000 years. Quite a long time for a fad!
From my readings and visit to museums (Corning Glass, etc. etc.) I would
say the ROMAN's were probably doing most everything to glass 2,000 years
ago that is being done today. It is obvious lampwork/hot glass bead makers
are currently enjoying their heyday or a great period of interest. This is
double sided. 1) Many people are jumping on the bandwagon and having
fun/profit making poor/mediocre products while other newcomers are
expanding there skills and elevating the craft/art 2) This latter group of
new comers is pushing the masters to new heights. I will offer one of my
dear friends as an example. ART SEYMOUR-BEADSMITH-C_MO. When I first met
Art he was ending a career as an accomplished and successful (Yuppie)
millefiori paperweight artist. A man who had arrived in his field of glass
making. A lifetime success anyone could be happy with but Art decided he
wanted to make Chevron beads. And make chevrons he has. These chevrons have
increased in size, number of layers, and lapidary polishing. (I will add
that during this time he has also been commissioned by the POPE to make the
various communion wares used during his visit to California) A couple years
ago I was telling ART the India Indians, Venetians, and your mailman are
all up your ***making chevrons. What was Art's response?? He step up the
chevron art form a notch and started  applying chevron canes to chevrons
for the next generation of beads. That is what I see happening with this
bead making fad. The masters are being pushed to new limits and the new
comers are exposing crafters to a new to them art form. Both are good for
beads and probably glass making. I know nothing about glass making but as
LEO says "If it is good for beads it is good for AMERICA!"
Christopher England
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